Khomus

Olena Podluzhnaya Uutai: early track from 2000

Olga Podluzhnaya & Albina Degtyaryova (Olga’s teacher) ~ track title The Awakening of Nature ~ from the album Summer is Coming ~ produced by Tadagawa Leo ~ released on Nihon Koukin Kyoukai in 2000. 

Olga Podluzhnaya was 13 years of age at the time of this recording and already an accomplished khomus (jaw harp) player.

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Review by Dr. F. Crane in 2000:

Nihon Koukin Kyoukai NKK002 (2000). Fedora Gogoleva, Albina Degtyaryova, and Olga Podluzhnaya, Summer is Coming. Texts in Sakha, Japanese, and English. This may be the best sample yet of the traditional musical arts of the Sakha people. The three performers are master practitioners of the Sakha vocal and khomus styles. Gogoleva is the daughter of one of the most distinguished of khomus makers; she is recognized as one of the great players. Degtyaryova is outstanding both as singer and khomusist; she teaches the instrument at the National Musical College in Yakutsk. Her student Podluzhnaya is of Ukranian ancestry, but has devoted herself to the culture of her native Yakutia. She was 13 when these recordings were made-her performance is another example of a worldwide phenomenon of the late 20th and early 21st centuries: teenagers who show fully adult technique, musicianship, and interpretive sophistication. Of the 25 tracks, ten are vocal solos or duets, nine are khomus solos, three khomus duos, and three combine voice and khomus in various ways. This disk is highly recommended for anyone who would like to gain some insight into Sakha khomus music through familiarity with the vocal styles. And it joins several others that provide great examples of khomus-playing itself. It may be ordered from Nihon Koukin Kyoukai, 1-12-24, Midorigaoka, Ageo, Saitama 362-0015, Japan.

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